Purpose: To assess the effectiveness of an interactive workshop on individuals\' comfort and knowledge in complex wound care
Background: Complex wound care is associated with decreased risk of postoperative infections, tissue dehiscence, and hematomas. Obstetrics and Gynecology (ObGyn) professionals need to be well-versed in appropriate wound care techniques to reduce morbidity in postoperative populations.
Methods: We conducted pre and post workshop surveys following two department workshops on application of a wound vacuum device. Participation in the workshop, and study, was voluntary. ObGyn residents and faculty who completed both pre- and post-workshop surveys were included. The surveys evaluated individuals\' comfort and knowledge with complex wound care. Multiple choice and true/false questions were used to assess knowledge, while comfort was assessed using a Likert scale.
Results: Ten residents and 11 faculty were included in data analysis. 90% of residents and 64% of faculty agreed or strongly agreed that wound vacuum care was within the scope of ObGyn practice. Resident post- surveys reported significantly increased comfort with all areas of complex wound care (p < 0.01), and had significantly higher post-workshop knowledge scores (53% vs 63%, p < 0.01). Faculty reported significantly improved comfort in selection of wound vac sponge only (p < 0.01). There was no differences in faculty knowledge scores.
Discussions: Interactive workshops are a practical way to teach new skills. Resident learners may have the greatest benefit from a hands-on workshop compared to faculty. Immersive workshops can be a useful adjunct for teaching wound care.
Topics: CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting, 2022, Student, Resident, Faculty, Clerkship Director, Osteopathic Faculty, Residency Director, Medical Knowledge, Practice-Based Learning & Improvement, GME, CME, Simulation, Problem-Based Learning,
Joseph Mulhall, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Shilpa Mokshagundam, MD; Jennifer L. Thompson, MD